8 great things to do in Dubai this week
Ramadan Nights with Alserkal Lates
The region’s most recognised art hub, Alserkal Avenue, is hosting a month long community-based festival for Ramadan nights. To foster genius, create dialogue and simply enjoy your time there, the festival boasts a range of great activities, workshops, exhibitions, and screenings. Think Japanese-inspired iftars, curated art trails of contemporary galleries by writer Egerton and films about food evolution. There’s a lot going on. It’s all housed in the specially designed warehouses that the area is known for, and comes with a real sense of togetherness, which is in keeping with this special time of year. Oh, and there are food trucks to help break your fast, too.
When: Until June 15
Where: Alserkal Avenue
Contact: +971 50 556 9797, website
Xline Dubai at night
You and a friend can now soar past over the marina at night thanks to this limited time offer. As the world’s longest urban zip-line, you can race at breakneck speeds from 7pm onwards. OK, the AED850 price tag is slightly on the expensive side, but as well as a once in a life time thrill, you’ll also get a warm fuzzy feeling as proceeds go to Al Jalila Foundation medical research.
When: May 30, June 6, June 13
Where: Dubai Marina
Contact: +9714 457 3212, website
Dubai Sports World
With summer well and truly here, it’s tough to go out for any physical sporting activity without turning back around to bask in the A/C at home. Here’s an alternative before we all get too lazy and blame the heat, Dubai Sports World is offering an indoor and air-conditioned venue for three-months for everyone who enjoys playing sports. From football to badminton, you can book a pitch or a court with your mates regardless of your skill level. If you’re not quite a team player, you can always pop in and go for a run on the free running track or even have a go on the Ninja Warrior Obstacle course.
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
When: Until September 8
Price: Free entry
Contact: +971 4 306 4000, website
Boutique Le Chocolat
Stir things up a bit with a ladies night at a chocolate boutique. Grab your friends and learn to make chocolate with a masterclass from their in-house connoisseurs. Reserve a spot, and you’ll also get to decorate your chocolates to resemble a designer handbag, some classic jewellery or a pair of sunglasses. It’s a whole other world of fashion, and one that’s deliciously edible.
When: Daily during Ramadan
Where: City Walk
Contact: +9714 590 5075, website
All of Dubai knows that the views of the Burj Al Arab are spectacular. But have you admired the iconic hotel’s interior from the plush, palatial Al Iwan atrium? Enjoy it over a traditional Arabic buffet while listening to a live kanoon and challou performance.
Where: Burj Al Arab
When: Sunset onwards
Contact: +971 4 301 7600, website
There’s a stylish majlis going down at the Ritz-Carlton this Ramadan. The Ottoman-style setting is home to Chef Rami’s culinary fusions such as Mandi-cooked salmon, tagines and more dishes packed with flavours from Syria to Peru. There are nine food stations to pick your way through, while oud and violin music fill the beautiful surroundings. Iftar is from sunset until 8.30pm and costs AED225 per person (inclusive of soft drinks and water). And suhoor is 10pm until 2am and priced at AED160, again with soft drinks and water.
When: Iftar; sunset until 8.30pm and Suhoor; 10pm until 2am, daily
Where: The Ritz-Carlton JBR, Dubai
Price: Iftar AED225, Suhoor AED160
Contact: +971 4 318 6150, website
The Asian food specialists are dishing up a Ramadan special this month. For AED90 you can grab yourself a main and a side dish or pay AED100 and get all this plus a mocktail, or finally for AED110 you can add a dessert to the line-up, too. All of the dishes are served with miso soup, dates and water. So if you’ve never been down and had their superb Gyoza dumplings, now is the time.
Where: Golden Mile 1, Palm Jumeirah
Contact: +971 4 551 0192, website
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